september 13, 2014 … a last resting place

Lunch is often an excuse for being somewhere.


Old time craftsmanship in iron and marble.

Yesterday, I had lunch with an old friend in Pauatahanui village. He is a fellow photographer, though our styles are radically different. After the food was eaten we wandered up into the old cemetery adjacent to the Church. As cemeteries go, it 1s one of the more interesting, and probably one of the older ones in the region. Monuments and wrought iron are everywhere.


Rustic and rusty in one image

Red rust is part of the character of this cemetery, though it seems there is some kind of subsidence occurring as many of the grave surrounds are tilted at odd angles.

Mother and father

Mother and father were duly honoured and lie together though he lived another 24 years after his wife died.

It is a marvel of the time that the engraving on the monument is laid out and carved with hand tools. No lasers of comprehensive font catalogues to make life easier for the stone masons of the era. The phrasing on the stones is sometimes stilted and quaint to our eyes, and often embellished by some pious sentiment.


Pastoral scene

At the gate to the cemetery is the paddock which I suspect belongs to the local school. It is presently full of sheep and their lambs, which make a pleasant change of pace from the graveyard.

Something different tomorrow.


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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